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1.23.17
Advantages of a Workplace Mentor
  Nearly all highly successful professionals say they couldn't have gotten where they are now without having a mentor in the early stages of their career. Developing a relationship with a more experienced colleague can smooth your path toward your career goals in many ways. Here are just a few of them:   1. Clues you in to the office culture. Someone who's worked there a while can tell you who really gets things done, who's in which clique, and what unwritten rules you'll be expected to play by. Insights into personalities can help you deal strategically with the individuals who will influence your job success.   2. Helps you be heard. Newbies often are afraid to speak up, or don't know how to make their point without making enemies. Plus, the mentor's position within the company can give you a powerful supporting voice if you need one.   3. Helps you listen. Being able to accept feedback, and act on it, will be crucial to your career (and personal) growth; yet it's one...
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1.17.17
Ways to Live MLK's Mission of Service Both Personally and Professionally
  “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?'” — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.   Martin Luther King Day of Service is Monday, January 16, 2017. Every American is encouraged to celebrate it by giving service to the community — and ideally being inspired to continue giving back all year round.   There are endless ways that each of us can contribute to the good of the family, community or nation we belong to. It can be as simple as helping out a disabled veteran by running errands or shoveling snow; or as big as making an ongoing commitment to a volunteer organization.   These ideas are only meant to start you thinking. The variety of good causes you can support with your time and skills is way too big to cover in this article. But we're confident that with a bit of looking around, you will discover the perfect opportunity to give service in the great MLK tradition.   Share your muscle. If you sit at a desk all day, some physical...
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1.09.17
How to Start Fresh on Your Job Search This New Year
    Maybe you've been looking for a while and have become discouraged. Or maybe you were distracted by holiday responsibilities and festivities. In any case, you're in dire need of some motivation.   Here are 5 ideas for re-energizing your job hunt and starting off 2017 with a bang.   1. Focus more on networking than job postings. If there's nothing on the boards except the same old positions you've seen — and applied to — for months, it's time to look in a new direction. Consider everyone you talk with, from your neighborhood barista to old school buddies, as a potential link to an unadvertised job opening. Candidates who are personally referred have more credibility with hiring managers than unknown applicants from the job boards.   2. Widen your job target. Think outside the box of your desired career path. Your strengths may be equally well suited to related fields where opportunities are more plentiful. What you consider a detour on your route to success just...
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12.19.16
Your Secret Advantage: Job Hunt in December
    You've probably heard that nobody hires in December. So you might as well take the month off from your job hunting efforts and enjoy the holidays, right?   Wrong. The truth is that two out of three recruiters say they'll place as many candidates this month as any other month. In fact, it's much tougher to land a job in January than December.   Want some more reasons why December can be the most wonderful time of the year to job hunt? Check these out:   1. Beating out your competition. Everyone else has heard that same thing about December being a slow hiring month as you have, and decided to slack off looking for work. So if you get your resume out there now, you'll be competing with fewer other candidates for the job. Plus, it puts recruiters under more pressure to fill the position so you're more likely to have an easier, quicker path from first introduction to job offer.   2. Easier access to hiring managers. With many support staff away on holiday break...
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12.12.16
Overcoming Daily Challenges on Your Integrity Assignment
In every job, there will be things you find difficult to deal with — stressful deadlines, uncooperative co-workers, counter-productive processes, lack of recognition for your efforts, etc. Although some challenges may just be the nature of the job and there's nothing you can do about it, it's always worth considering if something CAN be done about it.   At Integrity Staffing, we want all our associates to feel empowered to take positive action towards resolving challenges, and unblock their road to career success. If you believe you're in a difficult situation, here are 5 steps you can take toward making your work life better.   1. Define the challenge. Rather than focusing on how the challenge makes you feel, try to analyze why that challenge exists in the first place. For example, if a team member rubs you the wrong way, why is that happening? Is the person's family problems causing him/her to be short-tempered? Is he/she from another culture with different norms of...
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12.05.16
How to Succeed on Your Assignment with Integrity Staffing
  Congratulations, you've been placed on assignment! To help you start off on the right foot, here are some great tips from our supervisors as well as associates like you.   Ask away. There's no such thing as a stupid question. As a new team member, you will have a lot of information thrown at you very fast. Don't hesitate to speak up if you need something explained or repeated. Team members and leaders will be delighted to help, because when you succeed at your new tasks you make them look good too.   Aim to arrive early. If you give yourself only the minimum amount of time to get to work, the least little thing that goes wrong will make you late. One associate we know goes by the clock on her kitchen wall which is set 10 minutes fast. She says this saves her from having to calculate extra time allowances.   Have a transportation backup plan ... or two. Cars can refuse to start. Carpool buddies can let you down. Don't wait until you're in panic mode to come up...
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10.31.16
The Onboarding Experience: Give New Employees a Good Start
  Did you know that your onboarding process can significantly affect employee success? One study found that it can increase retention by 25% and improve performance by 11%. Employees who participate in an onboarding program are 69% more likely to stay with a company for three years, and 15% said that the lack of one contributed to their decision to quit.   At Integrity Staffing Solutions, we onboard thousands of associates and staff members per year. We believe that having a checklist is the crucial first step in ensuring that every new hire gets consistent support and guidance as they assimilate into our culture. Here are some of the points you might want to put on your checklist.   Before the employee's first day: Prepare paperwork, benefits package, policy manual. Discuss employee's duties with his/her immediate supervisor. Formulate job description with responsibilities, chain of command. Set up workstation, provide necessary tools. Create email and any other...
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10.24.16
How To Detach Yourself From a Bad Week at Work
  It happens to everybody. Maybe you and/or your co-workers were angry, rushed or frustrated. Maybe there was a major screw-up and you're afraid of the consequences. Or maybe it was just really, really boring. Whatever the reason, the work week seemed like it lasted a year, and you don't ever want to go back.   You WILL have to go back, though. And if you bring that same negative energy with you, you're pretty much guaranteed another bad week. Instead, we suggest you use the weekend to get the bad feelings out of your system, so you can start the new week with a fresh, clear mindset.   Put it in perspective. Your career is a big part of your life, but it's not your whole life. Balance work with personal interests, and what happens on the job won't have the power to overwhelm you.   Leave it at the office. Create clear boundaries between work and home; the feelings from each are not allowed to invade the other. Some people have a specific behavior that they do at the...
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10.03.16
These 5 Apps Will Make Your Work Life Easier
The huge boom in apps for mobile devices has probably already improved your personal and social life. But they're not just for fun. You can also boost your productivity, work more efficiently and be a better team member with these fantastic apps.                             1. Spark. Get through your email inbox faster than ever before with this organizational tool. It detects and sorts emails into personal, notification or newsletter groups so you can see at a glance which ones you really need to read. Smart search, pin and archive emails, individually or in batches. Save attachments to your cloud, or emails as PDFs. Send a variety of quick replies such as "Thanks" (or your own words) with one tap. Longer replies can be dictated by simply speaking into your smartphone.   2. Wunderlist Pro. This upgrade of one of the most popular to-do apps lets you collaborate with the team. Share lists, due dates, reminders, comments and notes; or print them out with one click. Add...
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9.26.16
You're Not Letting Anyone Down If You Take a Vacation.
If you feel guilty about taking time off and leaving others to cover for you, you're not alone. The vast majority of U.S. workers' paid vacation time goes unused every year. Here's why you should take that vacay with a clear conscience.   Nobody wants a burned out team member. You may think your presence is essential to the team's functioning well. But if you're exhausted, you're probably more of a hindrance than a help. Numerous mistakes, injuries and accidents have been attributed to physical and/or mental tiredness in all walks of life, from aerospace engineers to construction workers. Do any of these ring a bell: Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, Exxon Valdez, Air France Flight 447? All linked to "impaired performance due to fatigue." Don't let this be you.   You'll be a happier employee. When the huge accounting firm Ernst & Young surveyed its staff, it found that those who took their vacation had greater job satisfaction and tended to stay longer with the company. This...
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